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14 DE Admin. Code 505
The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 505 High School Graduation Requirements and Diplomas. This regulation is being amended to include language which specifically allows a district or charter school to award credit based on demonstration of mastery of a particular course. This language was proposed based on the Competency Based Learning Guiding Coalition that was facilitated by the Department of Education and that included educators in Delaware. In addition, an amendment was made in section 10.0 that expands the scope of students covered in this section. This section allows a student under DSCFY custody during their high school years to graduate from high school based on the State's graduation requirements if the district or charter school exceeds what is required by the State. With the amendment those students in DSCYF within Youth Rehabilitations Services are included.
Advisement means a documented process that engages students in ongoing discussion and planning with school staff to identify their personal talents and interests and plan their career goals accordingly.
"Career Pathway" means the three (3) credits of pre planned and sequential courses required for graduation designed to develop knowledge and skills in a particular career or academic area. The Career Pathway shall be included in the Student Success Plan.
Core Course Creditmeans a credit in an English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science or Social Studies course.
"Credit" means the acquisition of skills and knowledge at a satisfactory level as determined by the district and charter school boards through 135 hours (a Carnegie Unit) of actual classroom instruction, which may include various methods of delivery or through locally approved options contained in Section 8.0.
"Department" means the Delaware Department of Education.
"English Language Arts" means those four components of reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening that are included in the State Content Standards for high school English Language Arts as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501.
"Health Education" means those components that are included in the State Content Standards for high school health education as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501.
"High School" means grades 9 through 12.
"Mathematics" means those conceptual categories of number and quantity, algebra, functions, geometry, statistics and probability combined with problem solving, modeling, reasoning, communicating, and making connections that are included in the State Content Standards for high school mathematics as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501 either through integrated courses or in courses titles such as Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, and Probability.
“Novice-high proficiency level” means the novice-high level of proficiency of certain skills and knowledge as defined by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
"Physical Education" means those components that are included in the State Content Standards for high school physical education as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501.
Program of Study means an academic and career plan based on post-secondary goals and comprised of academic, career, and technical content that prepares students to make successful transitions to post-secondary education and the workplace.
"Science" means those components of the nature of science which include science and engineering practices, matter and its interactions, motion and stability, energy and its effects, waves and their applications, Earth's place in the universe, Earth's systems, Earth and human activity, life structure and processes, ecosystems, heredity, diversity and continuity of living thing, engineering design, and the links among engineering, technology, science, and society that are included in the State Content Standards for high school science as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501 either through integrated courses or in course titles such as Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
"Social Studies" means those components of civics, economics, geography, and history that are included in the State Content Standards for high school social studies as required in 14 DE Admin. Code 501 either through integrated courses or in course titles such as United States History, World History, Geography, Economics, and Civics.
"Student Success Plan (SSP)" means a plan encompassing a minimum of five years including one year beyond high school, which sets post-secondary goals for a student based on academic and career interests. The student's plan includes a program of study based on the academic courses, electives, and extracurricular opportunities needed in preparation for immediate entry into the work force and post-secondary education. The plan also includes the support services necessary for the student to graduate from high school.
Support Services means those educational interventions such as tutoring; extra time before school, in school, or after school; summer school, an extra year(s) of high school or any other strategy to provide student educational assistance.
Student in DSCYF custody means a student, who is or was in the custody of the Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families (“DSCYF”), pursuant to Chapter 25 of Title 13 of the Delaware Code 10 Del.C., Chapter 9, §1009, for any length of time, during his or her enrollment in high school.
"World Languages" means any language other than English that is used by peoples around the world for communicating information and ideas and transmitting its culture(s), including American Sign Language (ASL), Latin and Ancient Greek.
3.2.2 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school between and including October 1st of the 11th grade year and September 30th of the 12th grade year with one (1) World Language credit from a previous school shall be required to earn the second credit in that language unless the language is not offered at the enrolling school. In such case, the student shall earn one (1) credit in an additional language for a total of two (2) credits or pursue available options in 8.0 to earn the second credit of the original language.
3.2.3 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school between and including October 1st of the 11th grade year and September 30th of the 12th grade year with no World Language credits, shall be required to earn at least one (1) World Language credit prior to graduation. Provided further, the minimum twenty-four (24) total credits outlined in this section shall still be met, or any other credit requirements pursuant to 7.1.
3.2.4 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school on or after October 1st of the 12th grade year, the World Language requirement shall be waived. Provided further, the minimum twenty-four (24) total credits outlined in this section shall still be met, or any other credit requirements pursuant to 7.1.
4.2.2 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school between and including October 1st of the 11th grade year and September 30th of the 12th grade year with one (1) World Language credit from a previous school shall be required to earn the second credit in that language unless the language is not offered at the enrolling school. In such case, the student shall earn one (1) credit in an additional language for a total of two (2) credits or pursue available options in 8.0 to earn the second credit of the original language.
4.2.3 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school between and including October 1st of the 11th grade year and September 30th of the 12th grade year with no World Language credits, shall be required to earn at least one (1) World Language credit prior to graduation. Provided further, the minimum twenty-four (24) total credits outlined in this section shall still be met, or any other credit requirements pursuant to 7.1.
4.2.4 Any student enrolling in a Delaware public high school from an out-of-state school or nonpublic Delaware high school on or after October 1st of the 12th grade year, the World Language requirement shall be waived. Provided further, the minimum twenty-four (24) total credits outlined in this section shall still be met, or any other credit requirements pursuant to 7.1.
5.2.6.3 At the end of the third year of high school the student has earned at least eleven (11) core course credits and seven (7) other course credits for a total of eighteen (18) course credits.
10.1 A student in DSCYF custody pursuant to 10 Del.C., Chapter 9, §1009 who transfers into a district or charter school shall be permitted to graduate based on the successful completion of the Department’s graduation requirements as defined in this regulation in lieu of the district’s or charter school’s specific requirements permitted by 7.1.
10.2 When a student in DSCYF custody pursuant to 10 Del.C., Chapter 9, §1009 transfers into a district or charter school, the district or charter school shall use policies developed pursuant to Section 8.1 to review the student’s prior transcript and award values for credit earned through:
Last Updated: December 31 1969 19:00:00.
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